The Principle of Self-Reliance


"FIGMENT encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources." one of FIGMENT's 11 Principles

Self-reliance isn't just about bringing your own toothpaste and making sure to clean up after yourself. At ALPHA, you'll be encouraged to use those inner resources to create the project of your dreams. Not sure what those inner resources are? Here are a few questions to consider:

  • When do you feel most confident?
  • If you had to describe your creativity in 3 words, what would they be?
  • What specific knowledge or skills do you have that might be surprising to an acquaintance?
  • What types of challenges do you enjoy?

Do you see any themes in your answers? Anything surprising?

You can utilize your strengths by finding artistic outlets that take advantage of them, or you can share those strengths with others. Are you action-oriented, organized, and a problem solver? Maybe you should be helping plan a larger project with a group of people! Do you really enjoy card games that no one really knows about? Try teaching those card games, creating your own deck of cards, or work with a friend to develop an entirely new game. The opportunities are endless!

 Always wanted to be a gameshow host, particularly with an audience that is too polite to leave?

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 Want to figure out how those knitting skills your grandmother taught you can create something more daring than a blanket? 

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Or are you better with electricity or creating things that shoot flames?

Photos: Art No Food Photography

15-17 April 2016

ALPHA is an event for everyone who creates. ALPHA is a place to experiment and try new things... a place to launch new projects, to collaborate, to improve and refine existing projects, to dive in and create something new and unexpected, to reinvent yourself completely as an creator.

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